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Move over, Margaret of Anjou; Cersei Lannister has a new historical analogue

Anyone with even a casual interest in the A Song of Ice and Fire series is well aware that George R.R. Martin intentionally wrote his novels with real history in mind. Many locations, characters, and events on Planetos are references to locations, characters, and events on Earth, particularly the Wars of the Roses. Of course, there’s not just medieval English history at play. King’s Landing is clearly based on Constantinople, rather than London. Besides the climate and architecture, the religious controversy and the palace plots of King’s Landing are all very Byzantine.

As the title suggests, this post is about Cersei Lannister. Margaret of Anjou has been widely recognized as Cersei’s real-world historical analogue, and for good reason. However, the events of Season 6 of Game of Thrones suggest to me that her character arc has come so far that “Darth Cersei” (as the fans have taken to calling her) is now better represented by the Byzantine Empress Irene of Athens.

[GoT Season 6 spoilers below]

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Patron- Gillian Anderson, actress.  Her credits include the roles of Dana Scully in The X-Files,  and Lady Dedlock in BBC’s Bleak House and in the BBC Crime Series, The Fall. Among other honours, Anderson has won a Primetime Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.

The Board of Trustees of Temple Legal Centre and our Patrons are holding a special fundraising event
in the beautiful Great Hall at the Honourable Society of The Inner Temple, a fascinating and historic setting

Temple Legal Centre provide much needed free legal advice at clinics in London to those in need on matters of family law.  This is a service not paralleled elsewhere and is an alternative to legal aid, who no longer provide this service. Many organisations refer their clients to TLC including Citizens Advice, the Personal Support Unit, Hackney Law Centre, The Mary Ward Centre and Centre 70.

Family law matters cover not only divorce, divorce often with difficult circumstances, such as violence, abuse and control of money, but also custody and access to children, and includes help and advice in the difficult circumstances involving abduction of children.

We urgently need funds to support Temple Legal Centre.  Although the experienced solicitors and barristers in family law provide their services free we need funds for administration and to market the service so that those most vulnerable and with the most need can be made aware of it.

We aim to have full press coverage.


Harlem, NYC: Happy Birthday Fidel!

Friday, August 12 - 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Freedom Hall, 113 W 128th St, New York, New York 10027

New York Cuba Solidarity Project


Join us as we kick off a weekend of Birthday celebrations with Estela Bravo’s incredible film, “Fidel, The untold Story.”

Fidel Castro is one of the most influential and controversial figures of our time. “Fidel” offers a unique opportunity to view the man through exclusive interviews with Castro himself, Historians, public figures and close friends, with footage from the Cuban State archives. Former and current US government figures including Arthur Schlesinger, Ramsey Clark, Wayne Smith, Congressman Charles Rangel and a former CIA agent offer political and historical perspectives on Castro and the long-standing US embargo against Cuba.

Suggested Donation: $5-10 (no one will be turned away due to lack of funds!)

Proceeds from this event will go to the work to Free Ana Belen Montes, a prisoner of conscience, who was incarcerated for believing that the U.S. government’s policy on Cuba was cruel and unjust.


If you’re not in awe after Signor Blitz eats glass and does something mysterious with a canary, surely you will marvel at the bizarre spectacle that is…THE DANCE OF THE DINNER PLATES!

Indeed, the New York Society Library has hosted many interesting events in its long history, including this magic and ventriloquism show performed by English magician Antonio Blitz. This, of course, was back when the Society Library was located downtown at Broadway and Leonard Street. 

Last week of Signor Blitz at the Society Library corner of Broadway and Leonard. 1847. New-York Historical Society.

Stop me if you've heard this one before/that time I had to explain Jesus to a six-year-old I was babysitting
  • *walking past a church*
  • Child:*points at a large wooden crucifix replica out front* who is that?
  • Me:uh, that's...Jesus...
  • Child:who is he?
  • Me:well, in the Christian religion he is regarded as the son of God
  • Child:is he real?
  • Me:*internally screaming FUUUUUUCCCKKKK* um, that's a good question. Evidence suggests there was in fact a historical personage who once lived and that we now know as Jesus. How closely his life resembled the events written in the bible is somewhat unknown, and largely a matter of belief, I suppose, although what isn't, really?
  • Child:*long pause* okay.
  • Child:*points at the statue again* Is he real?
  • Me:oh. OHH. You mean like, is that a real body???
  • Child:yes
  • Me:Oh good god Tyler, no, I think it's wood

Medieval Africa sees the rise and fall of large Western Sudanic Empires like Ghana, Songhai and Mali. There’s the Fatamid Caliphate in the North, not to mention other polities like Kanem-Bornu and the Swahili States, or the Kongo Kingdoms further South and those of Zimbabwe. We have Axum/Abyssinia in the Northeast, along with the Nubian Christian kingdoms. All of these feature “fascinating, dynamic, cataclysmic and downright exciting events” for which any fantasy writer should salivate. Abyssinia even has a castle called Gondar–no kidding! Gondar!

The world’s largest and most populated landmass, Asia, is brimming with medieval histories. From the complicated intrigue that sees the rise and spread of Islam in Western Asia, to the nearby Sasanids (Iran) and later Safavids, the numerous Caliphates, the expansive Gupta period of India, the Tang to Yuan dynasties of China or Queen Himiko of the Yamato to the Kamakura Shogunate, Asia has all the “religious, political, social and economic upheavals, the rise and fall of dynasties, conquest, epidemics” that should keep both fantasy writers and readers satisfied through the Butlerian Jihad and possibly the discovery of the spice melange!

I don’t even have the blog space to touch on the continents of North and South America–from mound builders in Mississippi to pyramids in Mesoamerica. And the best thing is, all of this offers us not only diverse faces, but (most important in my estimation) wholly different folklore, mythologies, cultural dress, weaponry, building structures and more to inspire our dreams. So the question remains, why is the fantasy genre so self-limiting? Why is it so few writers have bothered to expand beyond the western end of Middle Earth and give us instead stories out of Far Harad?


Transforming a Historic Chapel to a Concert Venue

Chapelle Corneille by atelier d’architecture King Kong demonstrates that respect for the past and innovation can go hand in hand in this atypical design whose urban vocation is eminently symbolic. The Chapelle Corneille, a listed heritage building built in the 17th century in a Baroque style through which the spirit of the Counter Reformation clearly transpires, has been home to high quality musical events for a number of years now, notably during festivals held during the summer and in October, gathering large audiences. 

Conscious of this success, the Région Normandie wished to reinforce the chapel’s role as a designated concert venue for non-amplified music, offering upgraded facilities to meet modern day requirements in terms both of acoustics and accessibility, and providing professional amenities on a par with the musicians’ talent. The architects were acutely aware of the need to breathe new life into the chapel while respecting the original building’s integrity, harmoniously integrating 21st century developments within the 17th century architecture.

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anonymous asked:

hey Serra!!! so I have a bit of a dilemma.....I've read every single fic on your humor rec list. I was wondering if you could update it again?(ik you love angst but hopefully you've read some funny fics recently) thanks so much!!

Hey lovely anon friend, who seems to know me so well. :) You’re on your lucky day, here’s humor part 2 specially for you. (part 1 here)

Stately Homes of Wiltshire by waspabi (57k)
Malfoy Manor has mould, dry rot and an infestation of unusually historical poltergeists. Harry Potter is on the case.

A Series of Unfortunate Events by plotting_pen (25k)
Harry Potter has a tendency to show up whenever Draco’s in trouble. Draco’s not quite sure he hates it as much as he’d like.

101 Ways to Heal Your Wizarding Woes by who_la_hoop (16k)
Harry is a trainee Auror, and Draco is living at Malfoy Manor, bored and petulant with nothing to do, and no career prospects. Draco’s attempt to heal himself via Muggle psychology – including writing a series of ‘why I hate you’ letters to Harry – backfires when an overanxious house elf delivers the results to Harry. Harry is bemused, Draco is angry and together they have a lot of issues to work out.

Freudian Slip by jennavere (10k)
Two years after graduating from Hogwarts, Draco Malfoy is still obsessed with Harry Potter.  Fed up, his father makes him get therapy.

Are You There God? It’s Me, Draco by floweringjudas (24k)
Harry and Draco are straight Aurors. Then they’re gay teachers. It makes sense in context.

Draco Malfoy, Drama Llama by enchanted_jae (5k)
A stolen chocolate lands Draco Malfoy in a sticky situation, but how did Harry get caught up in the drama?

Side-Along by lumosed_quill (22k)
If this wasn’t a curse then it was Hell.  Because surely, in Hell, all roads would lead to Harry Potter’s living room.

Coffee, Cakes and Doorknob Snakes by Omi_Ohmy (41k)
Harry’s house is trying to kill him, and only one person can help him: pity it’s Draco Malfoy.

The Venice Job by nishizono (27k)
Harry Potter was one of the youngest Aurors in history. He was the Boy Who Lived, and the Boy Who Lived Again. He loved Guinness and Quidditch, and hated pineapple. He wrote letters to Hagrid every Thursday, and on Sundays, he visited Hermione and Ron. Harry Potter was also not gay.

To Love a Loathed (Arch) Enemy by @sophiefrench77 (11k)
“For the last time, Malfoy, I have absolutely no hidden agenda giving you your wand back.”
Harry brings Draco his wand back after the war and the rest is history.

Thou Art More Lovely by writcraft (8k)
When Harry Potter is cursed by an innocuous looking book, he is rendered incapable of speaking in anything other than rhyming verse.  Harry struggles through his treatments with a gleeful Healer Malfoy all while faced with the prospect of becoming the Wizarding world’s worst poet in living memory.  Things take a turn for the worst when Harry discovers that the curse has its own unusual and typically poetic cure.

More Than That by joosetta (10k)
This is a story about two 52 year old men who refuse to age gracefully.

Doer of Good Deeds by Lomonaaeren (6k)
Ron certainly knows how to recognize obsession when he sees it, thanks to feeling some of the same with Hermione. And he would rather that Harry’s obsession with Draco Malfoy end sooner rather than later. Otherwise, Ron’s afraid that he’s going to spend the rest of his life hearing about how ugly all of Malfoy’s girlfriends are.

One Night at the Leaky by birdsofshore (12k)
Harry should have known better than to accept a drunken dare. Especially when Malfoy was sitting right there, looking like that and wearing those bloody tight trousers.

A Choice of Wings by Lomonaaeren (18k)
A Choice of Wings is Harry’s matchmaking business for Veela who have trouble finding mates. And Draco Malfoy is his most difficult client.

Draco Malfoy is NOT attractive by @sophiefrench77 (3k)
Draco Malfoy is NOT attractive. Not even one bit. Nope.

Harry Potter is an Arrogant Prick by @sophiefrench77 (3k)
Harry Potter is an arrogant prick.
And he likes fucking with Draco’s head and well, other things too. [Sequel to Draco Malfoy is NOT attractive]

Haute Allure by zeitgeistic (12k)
Harry is famous for his menswear now. Malfoy is the inside leg that he loves running his tape measure up.

Catch 22 by jad (49k)
As if NEWTS weren’t enough, Dumbledore’s gone and had another one of his ‘bright ideas.’ If all ends well, the Houses will be getting along in no time. Or according to Harry’s correspondent, an Apocalypse will be in order. 

Check Me Out by lumosed_quill (3k)
Draco works as a librarian. Harry visits often and attempts (possibly) to flirt with Draco through his choice of books. Draco is not getting it. At all.

Tread That Fine Line by disapparater (5k)
Harry could cope with being in love with Draco, it was the needing to get fucked by him that was driving Harry insane.

Too Many Potters by dysonrules (7k)
The Weasley Twins throw a party to celebrate the creation of a new potion. Harry is unpleasantly surprised at the results. At least at first. 

First black female principal dancer

Misty Copeland is the American Ballet Theatre’s first black female principal ballerina.

Misty is breaking barriers and opening doors for other black dancers.

This event has brought a change even in the theater audience! People realized that African American girls now can do it! She inspires them!

All these people came at the ballet for the first time to see this gorgeous dancer!

This moment is really historic because people of color were always taught that their bodies are not right for ballet. 

Misty has just demolished all those stereptypes!

People are very excited to see a black woman prominently featured in something like classic ballet where usually we see a lot of white representation.


Historic Photo Identification Project

Can you help us to identify these photographs? The Hennepin County Library recently received a large collection of photographs by the Minneapolis photographer John Glanton. These photographs of people, places and events in Minneapolis and St. Paul–primarily of the African American community–date from the late 1940s. Most are not identified.

We will be presenting a few hundred of these photographs as a “slide show” at the Hosmer Library for everyone to see and – hopefully – help us to identify. Anthony Scott, the donor of the collection and the nephew of John Glanton, along with his sister, Dr. Chaunda L. Scott, will be assisting us.

Historic Photo Identification of the Glanton Collection

Tuesday, July 19, 2016, 10:00 a.m.-noon

Hosmer Library Meeting Room, 347 E 36th St., Minneapolis

Do you think you can help us? Please come to this event and help us to identify this fascinating and historic collection of photographs from Twin Cities history.

For more information, please call 612-543-8203 or email

Can’t make it to the event? You can view and identify the photographs online (

“When people of color are exposed to repetitive acts of racism (racism has been shown to be processed in our brains as trauma) a kind of post traumatic stress syndrome can develop. Race-based trauma can come in several forms:

Witnessing ethnoviolence or discrimination of another person, historical or personal memory of racism, institutional racism, micro aggressions, and the constant threat of racial discrimination (Helms et al., 2012).

This syndrome can be a response to any traumatic event and can be marked by an acute state of fear, anxiety, and hopelessness. If the acute trauma does not reach resolve, or is not diffused within a reasonable timeframe, it can develop into post traumatic stress disorder. If you are a person of color or an ally you need to evaluate yourself and your loved ones for signs of emotional and psychological trauma. If you already have a history or mental illness, you need to be extra diligent.” —Jasmine 

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Witchcraft Trickle-down Effect

-Actual historical event occurs. From which we’re left limited kernels of record/evidence to decipher.

-Academic research paper/thesis/journal is published.

-Educated practitioner reimagines in print with a severe lack of footnotes and sources cited.

-Popular paganism blogs make reference, or it is made bite-sized by books you can find in Barnes and Noble.

-Diluted further by Tumblr.

-Facebook Meme.


This is one of the best live performances of “Come On! Feel the Illinoise!” that I’ve seen and I GOT TO SEE IT WITH MY OWN EYES IN ILLINOIS.

“This next song is kind of a jazzercise historical survey of an event that took place here many years ago called the World’s Columbian Exposition. It’s a real Chicagoan anthem and it’s also a word salad. And it’s in 5/4.”

anonymous asked:

Hello there! I'm wanting to try my hand at writing a fic, I've never done it before and am intimidated by all the writers out there, esp. in this fandom. Any tips to getting started? xx

Welcome to Sansan! Please don’t be intimidated by our writers, for our fandom is full of intelligent, beautiful and kind ladies who will be glad to help you.

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From Ladycyprus:

German Vocab (& History) - East Germany - Beginnings

So I thought I’d do something new since I’ve been reading a lot about German history in the past few weeks.

I’ll be doing a series on vocab related to East Germany, but not only will I put the vocab, I’ll also explain the historical context behind the term - e.g. if I just say “die Bodenreform means land reform” you’re gonna be nonethewiser.

This week it’s all about “beginnings” - so vocab and history for events that led up to the separation of East & West Germany - enjoy! :)

Words (explanations at bottom)

0. das Potsdammer Abkommen - the Potsdam Agreement
1. die Besatzungszone(n) - the occupation zone
2. der Bündnispartner(-) - the ally
3. die Westallierten - the western allies
4. der Allierte Kontrollrat/die vier Mächte - the Allied Control Council / the 4 powers
5. die sovjetische Militäradministration in Deutschland (SMAD) - the soviet military administration in Germany (SMAD)
6. die Deutsche Zentralverwaltungen - the German Central Administration
7. der Nürnberger Prozesse - the Nuremberg Trials
8. die Bodenreform - the land reform
9. die KPD - the Communist Party of Germany
10. die CDU - the Christian Democract Union
11. die LDPD - the Liberal Democratic Party of Germany
12. die SPD - the Social Democratic Party of Germany
13. die SED - the Socialist Unity Party of Germany
14. die Zwangsvereinigung - the forced merger
15. die Bizone/die vereingte Wirtschaftsgebiet - the Bizone/united economic area
16. der Marshallplan - the Marshall Plan
17. das kommunistische Informationsbüro (das Kominform) - the communist information bureau (the Cominform)
die Trizone/Westzone/”Trizonesien” - the Trizone/West Zone/’Trizonesia’
19. die Währungsreform(en) - the currency reform
20. die Ostmark(-) - the East German Mark
21. die Berlin-Blockade/der Erste Berlin-Krise - the Berlin Blockade
22. die Luftbrücke(n) - the airlift
23. die Frankfurter Dokkumente - the frankfurt documents
24. der parlamentische Rat(äe) - the parliamentary council
25. das Grundgesetz - lit. “the ground law”; Germany’s “””constitution”””
26. die Volkskongressbewegung - the people’s congress movement
27. der Volksrat(äe) - the people’s council
28. die Bundesrepublik Deutschland (BRD) - the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG)
29. die provisorische Volkskammer - the provisional people’s chamber
30. die Spalter und die Spaltermark - the splitters and the “Splitter Mark”.


0. An agreement between the UK, US, and Soviet Union about the reconstruction of Germany including denazification, reparations etc.
1. Germany was divided into 4 occupation zones - UK in North West, America in the South, France in the Southwest and the Soviet Union in the East.
2. The UK, US, and Soviet Union were allies in WW2.
3. This refers to the UK, US and France somehow got invited ;)
4. This was the governing body which dealt with pretty much all matters of Germany & oversaw everythin; consisted of military from UK, US, SU & France.
5. This was the governing (military) body dealing with matters of the east.
6. German civil authorities that possessed power over matters like finance and transport; only allowed in Soviet zone ‘cause the West hated the idea.
7. A series of tribunals to prosecute those involved in Hitler’s regime.
8. In the Soviet zone this was enacted to take power away from Junker aristocracy by making all landowners with 100+ hectares lose their holdings; the infamous slogan for it was “Junkerland in Bauernhand”/”Junker’s land in farmer’s hands” referencing to how the land would be redistributed.
9. First political party allowed by Soviet military on June 10th 1945.
10. Allowed shortly after^, a more conservative party.
11. Allowed shortly after^^, a combination of many old liberal parties.
12. Allowed shortly after^^^, an old party that was banned during Hitler’s regime.
13. Arose after the KPD & the SPD merged together.
14. Since other social democrats who opposed the merger weren’t allowed to set up a separate SPD alongside the SED, they claim it was a “forced merger”.
15. On Jan. 1st 1947, the UK & US united their zones economically to form Bizone.
16. This was a plan instigated by sec. of state George Marshall on 5th June 1947 to promise economic aid to Europe. It was approved by congress in April 1948 to give $17 billion worth of aid to help countries fight communism.
17. Basically a meeting of lots of communist parties to discuss the future of the soviet union and the fight against imperalist, antidemocratic [western] allies.
18. France finally got its act together and joined the Bizone making it the Trizone, thus the first sign of Western Germany starts to appear.
19. On June 20 1948 the Western Allies initiated this; the old Reichsmark was worthless so they replaced it was the (now former) Deutschmark.
20.The Soviets threw a tantrum about not being informed about this currency and made their own - the Ostmark. It became the only legal tender in East Germany and they shut the borders to stop “blackmarket of illegal tender”… which then led to them keeping them shut for 11 months; Berlin Blockade.
21. This was a period of 11 months whereby the Soviets blocked transport routes and supply routes in/out of West & East Berlin, in hope that the allies would give up and hand over Berlin…. yeah it didn’t work and no-one benefited.
22. During the blockade almost 7,000 tonnes of supplies were delivered by airlift every day to West Berlin. At peak times, 1 plane  landed every 2 minutes .
23. A bunch of documents including proposals for the West German State; published August 1st 1948.
24. This was the body that carried out the planning for West Germany.
25. It was a constitution made for the West German state, it was meant to be temporary (das Provisorium - the short-term arrangement) as they assumed the Soviets would eventually kiss n make up so they called it Grundgesetz NOT Verfassung which is the word for constitution. But ye it’s still their constitution.
26. An East German political forum, with unelected reps. from political parties and other movements, where constitutional debate was discussed.
27. The actual body that worked on the new constitution for East Germany.
28. West Germany - established 23rd May 1949.
29. The Volksrat (27.) declared itself the provisional people’s chamber (basically the government….sorta) when East Germany was founded.
30. Some Soviets use these terms to refer to how the Western Allies pushed Germany apart, like “Splitters”; especially with the unexpected currency reform, hence the term “Splitmark”.

God I hope someone enjoys this it took forever to write.

It’s Hamilton on the Hudson! (Hudson Reporter):

Attendance at historic sites in Paterson, Weehawken, and Morristown has jumped, but it’s the monument at the duel site that attracts the most attention, marking the sensational ending to a great American life. Hamilton actually died one day after the duel, in the home of his good friend William Bayard Jr. in New York.

Piqued interest

Every year, Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner attends the city’s annual Celebrate Hamilton event on July 11. “Each year it gets bigger and bigger,” he said. “The play has renewed interest in the area.” That renewed interest, Turner believes, encourages historical learning. “Hamilton is a great historical figure, and we often forget because most Americans aren’t dedicated students of history,” he said. “It’s nice to have something that comes along that reminds us of the great history we have.”

Lauren Sherman, chair of the Weehawken Historical Commission, said, “I’ve heard of people taking selfies at the monument and some girls crying. Because of the musical, he’s now cool.”

One group of young people with long selfie sticks posing in front of the monument last week were happy to share their thoughts on Hamilton’s legacy.

“He’s the father of modern banking,” said Jim Furman, who is from Manhattan but was visiting friends in Union City. “He’s legend.”

Hamilton is known as “the father of modern banking” because his most impactful contribution to this country was perhaps the establishment of a central bank, which he believed to be necessary to establish stable national credit and promote business. He was like the responsible parent who co-signs his daughter’s credit card just to ensure she goes out into the real world with good credit.

Amy Zhang, also from Manhattan, talked about her admiration for Lin Manuel Miranda. “He’s a genius,” she said. “I haven’t seen the play, but the soundtrack is amazing, and I love his character. It’s surreal to be standing here, at this rock where Hamilton laid his head down, shot.” According to Sherman, the tidbit about Hamilton’s head, explained on the plaque, was not added until the memorial was moved to the top of the ridge overlooking the Hudson in the late 1850s.

Memorial drew duelers

The original memorial was built in 1806 at a cost of $750 and consisted of various images along with a rock and a plaque.

But there was a problem.

“The memorial, instead of honoring the men, it started to draw more duelists,” Sherman said. Dueling was illegal in New York at the time, making the shore of Weehawken a prime location for such activity. But duels were outlawed in New Jersey in 1845.

Sherman said that the memorial started coming apart early on. “People were taking pieces of the monument with them. By 1821, there wasn’t much left other than this plaque with the engraving.”

She said after dueling was outlawed in New Jersey, people still came to the grounds to settle disputes by duel, using cork instead of bullets.